posted on Jan, 27 2014 @ 12:42 PM
I listened to a speech by Chris Hedges (back in Oct 2013, I searched and did not find anywhere.) and I was moved to offer it to this community. The
written transcription is lengthy but worth the read. Listening is even better, as you can hear the passion in his voice and the dead silence in the
More so that any other journalist or author, I have deep respect for his work. I don't know him personally.
I believe he is building on the previous work by giants such as Orwell, Huxley and Melville. Some of you reading this may be familiar with those
Link to full transcript
The most prescient portrait of the American character and our ultimate fate as a species is found in Herman Melville’s “Moby Dick.” Melville
makes our murderous obsessions, our hubris, violent impulses, moral weakness and inevitable self-destruction visible in his chronicle of a whaling
I don't know about you, but I didn't previously see this in Moby Dick
. Maybe it was the corporate programming of my youth?
But when a man suspects any wrong, it sometimes happens that if he be already involved in the matter, he insensibly strives to cover up his suspicions
even from himself. And much this way it was with me. I said nothing, and tried to think nothing.”
Anybody notice this? I notice myself doing this. Conspiracy Theorists are likely on the road to shedding these chains. Keep going.
The corporate assault on culture, journalism, education, the arts and critical thinking has left those who speak this truth marginalized and ignored,
frantic Cassandras who are viewed as slightly unhinged and depressingly apocalyptic. We are consumed by a mania for hope, which our corporate masters
lavishly provide, at the expense of truth.
I resemble that comment. Anyone else?
To emotionally accept impending disaster, to attain the gut-level understanding that the power elite will not respond rationally to the devastation of
the ecosystem, is as difficult to accept as our own mortality. The most daunting existential struggle of our time is to ingest this awful
truth—intellectually and emotionally—and rise up to resist the forces that are destroying us.
That is so good, I'll just let it be the end of the post.
Anyone else have thoughts on this piece by Hedges? Plenty to like for "doomers".
Doomers and whistle blowers are my heroes. How about you?